There are different vantage points from which to answer the question “What is Heilkunst”, and I’ve explored a few of them in these blog posts. One place where the conceptual meets the practical comes when I explain the three primary therapeutic jurisdictions which organize every aspect of medical Heilkunst. Every case is unique, and one of the keys to helping a patient achieve their health goals is for me to understand exactly where they are starting from, and where they’d like to end up. The basic principle of any working GPS system is the same : plot a route from point A to point B.
Just as in our legal system, the system of medical Heilkunst is divided into distinct jurisdictions, or areas of focus. The jurisdictions within the legal system help to organize where a given case or legal issue needs to go to be addressed — you can’t resolve a parking ticket in family court, and you can’t try a murder case at the City Planning Commission.
There are three fundamentally distinct (but not separate) jurisdictions within Heilkunst — 1) Regimen, 2) Medicine, and 3) Education. The sequence I’ve written them here is reflective of the general sequence a patient needs to go through in their own treatment. This isn’t meant in a rigid way, as therapeutic methods may sometimes be applied from two or three jurisdictions at the same time; it is more a matter of understanding whether a patient has cleared up enough of their issues in one jurisdiction before being able to focus more on the next.
The basic jurisdiction of regimen includes the entire realm of nutrition, exercise, lifestyle, and so on. These are things which the patient needs to properly balance for themselves for their whole life, but in the case of Heilkunst treatment, I can focus on any specific issue which the patient either does not realize that is not balanced, or there are other practical issues which have kept them from doing all that they think they “should” do.
The overriding therapeutic principle of regimen is the law of opposites. This means that the road towards balance is arrived at either from increasing what is deficient, or decreasing what is in excess. Not enough vitamin C is rectified by taking more. Too much cardio-vascular exercise is remedied by doing less. Much is discussed within health about what is good for you, or what is bad for you, but it would be much more useful instead to be always striving for the optimal dose of everything — too much, or too little of anything can make a good thing bad, and vice versa. Nothing in nature is either good or bad in itself.
Various hands-on modalities, such as therapeutic massage, or acupuncture are also ways of applying the law of opposites — encouraging proper lymphatic drainage with massage, for example, can be an excellent way to get our channels of detoxification moving when they have become stagnant.
Certain forms of psychotherapeutics or counselling can also illustrate this law of opposites, as well as self-help practices such as repeating positive affirmations. All of these examples, and many others, fall under this broad jurisdiction of Therapeutic Regimen.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post, where I’ll continue into the second jurisdiction of Therapeutic Medicine.